In the Name of Allah
Peace and Allah1‘s mercy and blessings be upon you.
The current situation of the ummah (the Muslim nation) does not require an introduction.We all see and hear day in and day out all that is happening.
One must realize that it’s not just about Iraq, for Iraq is a symptom of a large-scale failure of our ummah. Other symptoms like Palestine, Chechnya, illiteracy, ignorance, disease, overall weakness and humiliation all point to the fact that we are in big trouble.
Many of us are realizing the scale of our problem and feel the urge to change.
Many sincere Muslims have vowed to do anything it takes to get our ummah out of this situation. Many Muslims have reflected on themselves and started to develop their selves in the right direction and are drawing closer to Allah, but many of us feel that there must be something else to do.
Many Muslims have an enormous amount of energy they want to transform into action but they don’t know what to do. Sometimes this leads to frustration and in other times to depression.
Some Muslims are complaining that its not enough to use loose terms like “returning back to Allah” or “maintain piety and Allah will bring us victory” and are demanding more specific things to do. Others are tranquilizing themselves by believing that this misery will certainly lead to the appearance of “Al-Mahdi” or “The Guided One” who will lead us to victory.
We want to change and we are trying to, and many of us are already changing, but our ummah is still in the mud…. Are we forgetting something?
When Allah created the universe, He decreed Divine Laws that organize all creation. Therefore, water will continue to boil at 100°C on our planet, and what ever goes up will always come down again (law of gravity). Aside from the Divine Laws that control nature (Physics), there is a whole other set of laws that controls societies and civilizations. If we Muslims want to rise as an ummah, we must follow these laws because there is no other way. We must learn these rules and take them into consideration and act according to them.
Amr Khaled, an Egyptian Preacher, started a series of daily episodes during the war on Iraq that presented practical solutions to change the status of our ummah. He set a step-by-step guide that takes into consideration the Divine Laws that control the rise and fall of civilizations so that we could implement them and therefore rise as an ummah. Allah has made a promise that if we do certain things, we will rise, and if we do other things we will fall, and Allah does not break His promises.
The series was titled “Until they change themselves”, and was inspired by the Divine Law in the ayah2 that can be translated as, “Verily Allah will never change the condition of a people until they change themselves” (TMQ, 13:11)3.
Each episode addressed something we are not doing that we should do, or something wrong with us that we need to change. These things are practical day-to-day behaviors that if corrected by Muslims, will lead to their rise. So if you are looking for something practical to follow, this series might help you.
It may be dark, but the sun is about to rise. The question isn’t “Will Islam rise again?” because it certainly will, its Allah’s religion, He takes care of it. The question is…
“Will you be part of it”??!!
May Allah guide us to the best of actions.
1 The word Allah is the Arabic term for God. Although the use of the word “Allah” is most often associated with Islam, it is not used exclusively by Muslims; Arab Christians and Arabic-speaking Jews also use it to refer to the One God. The Arabic word expresses the unique characteristics of the One God more precisely than the English term. Whereas the word “Allah” has no plural form in Arabic, the English form does. Allah is the God worshipped by all Prophets, from Adam to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. (the translator)
2 Verse in the Qur’an.
3 TMQ=Translation of the Meaning of the Qur’an. This translation is for the realized meaning, so far, of the stated (Surah:Ayah) of the Qur’an. Reading the translated meaning of the Qur’an can never replace reading it in Arabic, the language in which it was revealed.